Interested in cutting down your own Christmas tree? They stay fresh for a long time. And on a pretty fall day the experience can be a lot of fun for families, especially when it includes a hay ride and cookies washed down with hot apple cider. Weatherford has just such a place, 4D Farms, located at 3900 Upper Denton Road.
The farm is now open weekends from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 1p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.
On Saturday, opening day, several families wandered down the rows of Leyland Cypress and “Blue Ice” Arizona Cypress, sizing up the perfect tree. Unlike the more commonly used Northern firs, pines and spruces, cypress trees grow well in the south, preferring good drainage and full sun.
Evergreens with a pyramidal shape, the trees work as Christmas trees but have a different leaf texture and lack a pine scent.
The soft medium-green foliage of the Leyland Cypress grows flat and fan-like on long, ascending branches. It causes little, if any, problems with allergies, according to the 4D website.
A citrus scent — especially notable inside — marks the “Blue Ice” cypress, which has sprigs of silvery blue-green foliage reminiscent of an ocean coral in appearance.
Both kinds of trees — from 1 to 4 feet in height — are also available in containers that can be planted after Christmas.
Farm workers will supply a saw for cutting or will even cut the trees at no extra charge. They will also position them atop customers’ vehicles, tying them down with string.
Owner Ron Dearman offers complimentary cider and cookies in the farm’s country store, and customers can also hop aboard a trailer pulled by a tractor for a quick hay ride around the farm.
Prices for the trees vary according to type and height. For the Leyland Cypress, the trees cost $35 up to 7 feet, with $8 per foot added for taller trees. For the “Blue Ice,” the cost is $45 up to 7 feet, with $8 per foot for additional height.
“And I have some 15- to 20-foot trees I could make someone a great deal on,” Dearman said.
Once a tree is cut, it must be put in plain water as soon as possible, the website states, to retain the tree’s ability to absorb water and keep it from drying out.
If the water level drops below the level of the trunk, a seal will form, prohibiting further absorption unless a fresh cut is made.
From Weatherford, 4D Farms is a 16-minute trip. Locals should head east from the courthouse on Fort Worth Highway/180 and turn left on North Denton Street, which becomes Upper Denton Road.
For more information, call Ron or Marion Dearman at 817-313-2914.